Strawberry Fields, the John Lennon memorial is located near Central Park West between 71st and 74th streets. This 2.5 acre memorial pays tribute to the legendary Beatle who touched millions with his songs and his vision of peace. John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived in an apartment adjacent to the park. This spot marks where he was fatally shot in December of 1980.
This area of Central Park was named Strawberry Fields after the Beatles’ song “Strawberry Fields Forever.” The park’s teardrop shape was designed and landscaped by the Central Park Conservancy and landscape architect Bruce Kelley. Yoko Ono provided one million dollars to complete this project.
The Imagine mosaic was designed by a team of artists from Naples, Italy and was gifted by the city of Naples to this project. The mosaic lies in the center of Strawberry fields. This area is designed as a quiet zone in central park and is lined with tall elm trees, flowers and rocks. The northern tip of the park is lined with three Dawn Redwood trees who loose their needles every year only to grow them back again. These trees are a emblem of eternal renewal.
Next time you are in New York, be sure to stop by the memorial and reflect on John Lennon’s message of peace.